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Tru

We have glimpsed the interior man... The writing is wry, economical, skillfully indirect, acerbic and when called upon, judiciously vulgar.

Los Angeles Times

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama
  • 90 minutes

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set
  • Cautions: Alcohol, Drugs, Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show
Adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, Tru takes place in the writer's New York City apartment during the week before Christmas 1975.

An excerpt from Capote's infamous novel Answered Prayers has recently been published in Esquire and the author's friends, recognizing the characters as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their back on the man they once considered a close confidant. Alone and hurting, Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol, and chocolate truffles while musing about his checkered life and career.

REVIEWS:

We have glimpsed the interior man...The writing is wry, economical, skillfully indirect, acerbic and when called upon, judiciously vulgar.

Los Angeles Times

It is two hours spent on the edge, balancing precariously between comedy and tragedy, between laughter and tears, between the raucousness of exuberant performance and the quiet whimpers of inner torment...Any who remember Capote's look-at-me flamboyance...would have to wonder if he would continue to exist without an audience. That you are watching Capote face the prospect of such a life while you are a member of an audience just adds a touch of surreality...The only real problem is that, as must have been the case with most evenings spent in Capote's presence, it ends all too soon.

The Baltimore Sun
Premiere Production: Tru was first presented on Broadway, on December 14, 1989, at the Booth Theatre in New York City, by Lewis Allen, David Brown, Suntory International Corporation, and The Shubert Organization, in association with The Landmark Entertainment Group, by arrangement with The Truman Capote Estate. It was directed by the author. The actor Robert Morse appeared in the title role.
  • Casting: 1M
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Casting Notes: Characters include four additional female voices, but the play is performed by a single male actor.

  • TRUMAN CAPOTE
    VOICE OF JAN
    VOICE OF TELEPHONE OPERATOR
    VOICE OF MRS. FERGUSON
    VOICE OF SECRETARY
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    Adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote, Tru takes place in the writer's New York City apartment during the week before Christmas 1975. An excerpt from Capote's infamous novel Answered Prayers has recently been published in Esquire and the author's friends, recognizing the characters as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their back on the man they once considered a close confidant. Alone and hurting, Capote soothes himself with pills, alcohol, and chocolate truffles while musing about his checkered life and career.

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